Let’s paddle up the Clark Fork River from Alberton, Montana to catch the Farmers’ Market in Missoula, Montana.
Welcome to Missoula’s Old Milwaukee Road Train Depot (Left). In front of us, the Clark Fork River and downtown Missoula, Montana. On the right, you can see the Higgins Avenue bridge. We like Missoula best in the Fall. The changing color of the leaves makes a visit to this western Montana town memorable.
See what we mean? Here is a Fall view in Missoula’s “University District.”
Looking over the Clark Fork River and downtown Missoula. We are standing on the former Old Milwaukee rail road tracks. The rail road tracks were removed in the 1980’s and a gravel pathway was installed to allow pedestrians to walk along the river. We have a difficult decision to make… Should we walk west, towards the Orange Street bridge? Or should we walk east, towards Mount Sentinel and the old Van Buren Street foot bridge?
The votes have been counted. We’re going east towards Mount Sentinel, the old Van Buren Street foot bridge and Jacobs Island.
The old Van Buren Street foot bridge. This is a great place to “cool off” in the summer. Wet a fishing line in the Fall. Or watch chunks ice float under the foot bridge in late Winter. If you look just above the bridge you can just barely see the letter “L” on Mount Jumbo. (The “L” stands for Loyola High School.) We’ll use the foot bridge to cross over the Clark Fork River and return to the Higgins Avenue bridge.